“Write While the Heat is In You”
Journaling as a Path to Personal Truth
Henry David Thoreau once urged aspiring writers to “Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”
In this workshop, we’ll ignite our inner fires by drawing inspiration from 19th century Transcendentalist writers like Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman—all of whom kept daily journals. We’ll read and discuss excerpts from Transcendentalist and contemporary literature, using our reading as a springboard for personal journaling.
Participants will experience firsthand the benefits of developing a writing habit—creative inspiration, personal expression, and clarification of personal truths in a world of materialism, conformity, and fake news. No previous writing experience required, but come ready to listen and share!
Leaders: Elisa Abatsis and Kris Comment
Dates: Eight Meetings: Thursdays, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Nov 21, & Dec. 5, 7-8:30pm + optional trip to Walden Pond on Sat., Oct 26, weather permitting.
Cost: $25 includes 8 class sessions and copies of all texts.
Please contact UCMH at 978.562.9180 to register.